RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a method to spread headlines and announcements around the internet. Potentially it can save people from having to trawl around websites looking for new content announcements. To make use of RSS, either another site can use the RSS feed of the first (perhaps thus becoming the automated "Everything new in historically based fiction" site), or an end user has an RSS reading tool to collect the headlines from sites of interest, and prompt the user when new material has arrived.
You can find out about RSS and RSS reading tools via various websites; suggest you put "RSS" into Google and see what you find! Or for a controlled explanation, the BBC's website has a decent introduction, if biased a bit to use by a news broadcaster.
The homepage of this website has a "news" panel, also repeated on this page.
If you have a RSS reading tool (below), then you can subscribe to the RSS
feed at http://www.carlanayland.org/rss/rss.xml
or you could drag the RSS symbol onto your reading tool.
The Webmaster has added an XSL style sheet so that the raw RSS page makes sense to most current browsers.
I recommend that you search for tools as things are changing rapidly. The following is the webmaster's understanding in February 2006.
Windows Internet Explorer does not directly support RSS, though there are third-party plugin applications, and stand-alone Windows applications (both free and paid-for). Internet Explorer should support RSS in version 7.
Mozilla Firefox has limited RSS support for the headline, but not the body of the message (using "live bookmarks"), or there are various plugins for Firefox, such as "Wizz RSS".
Mozilla Thunderbird (the mail tool) has support for RSS; using an email-like tool is an alternative way of viewing RSS information and receiving notifications of changes. There are RSS plugins for Microsoft Outlook (and I guess Microsoft Outlook Express).
Apple Mac users have full RSS support in the current Apple Safari browser.
There are numerous web-based news tools, which can aggregate RSS files from multiple places.